WINCHESTER, Va. – The Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team's first ODAC victory of the season was a big one, as the Eagles beat Shenandoah on the road 15-14.
Bridgewater earned its first-ever ODAC playoff appearance last year via a three-way tiebreaker with Shenandoah and Guilford, after its regular season matchup with the Hornets saw the teams never separated by more than a goal. The Eagles (8-4, 1-4 ODAC) will now host another playoff contender, Virginia Wesleyan, on Saturday before traveling to Guilford next week.
Eric Husselbaugh racked up nine points on seven goals and two assists, reaching 100 career points in just his second collegiate season. Sean MacLeish had two goals and three helpers; Connor McLean added a hat trick.
Bridgewater raced out to a 5-0 first quarter lead, with Husselbaugh playing a role in four of those goals.
After Husselbaugh opened the scoring, he assisted the first of two straight McLean goals to make it 3-0. He then scored twice in a 67-second span to make it 5-0 with 1:29 left in the first.
The Hornets edged to within three, 7-4, midway through the second quarter. After making a save, SU went in transition and found Chris Baker open behind the defense for the goal.
Husselbaugh answered immediately with a crease dive despite a pushing flag on the play, and Bridgewater stretched its lead to 11-5 at halftime.
Husselbaugh opened the third quarter scoring as well, and assisted MacLeish's goal with six minutes left in the third that pushed the Eagles' lead to 14-6.
The hosts rallied however, scoring four straight to make it a 14-10 game early in the fourth quarter. Hunter Callan stunted the comeback attempt with a goal with 7:20 left in the contest.
The Hornets would get it back to within a goal late. Jay Baker got a decent look to tie the game with 36 seconds, but Hunter Bagby made the clinching save and Bridgewater was able to run out the clock.
Bagby finished with 16 saves on the day. Mason Gauntt won 14-of-21 faceoffs and totaled 11 ground balls.